refer link

A refer link repeats the definitoin of a well-defined concept with references to external definitions that it must link to. The use of the definition does not necessarily imply acceptance of it in all particulars, but a willingness to work to help to refine the concept and to use the term as opposed to trying to replace it.

A refer link exists only to refer to an offsite reference. It is a type of shallow page used so that offsite references remain concentrated in a few articles with the same titles as offsite references, e.g. the Living Platform page has the same name as the papers or article it points to. One type of refer link is a cite link used to actually establish authority of sources.

In either a refer or cite link, please make sure to add any external links you have made to the master list of those at external links. Ideally such lists appear exactly twice: in the refer link or cite link, and in the master list. There should be few or not external lniks directly from articles.

use editable sources

AVOID PUTTING ORIGINAL CONTENT IN A REFER LINK PAGE unless it is a meta comment on the reference itself, e.g. its credibility, stability, etc.., or is clearly out of scope of the definition, e.g. a comment about the likely origins of the phenomena from Green POV, etc. Since Green Party of Canada researchers will from time to time update that definition with material to support policy, the external definitions should be updated as required to keep them in synch.

Accordingly, external sources that are editable and open content, such as GFDL sources Wikinfo, Wikipedia, Disinfopedia and Common Content sources such as Creative Commons and Wikitravel should be preferred.

If the link is to these editable sources, then we encourage you to EDIT THAT PAGE NOT THE ONE HERE. We only have time and patience to debate so many topics in Living Platform and a refer link is your first clue that this is really not one of them. All wikis permit you to edit their pages, and we are sure you can find another to say what you have to say.


If the refer link documents a group of local importance, please document it as a group, e.g Nova Scotia nonprofit - list its web site, contact email, etc. You might also consider adding a chat link if the group has a net chat facility like MSN.

If you agree with the content strongly you should make a more extensive cite link instead, so that other arguments and proposals, especially those that need evidence/source/authority backup (which can be provided only by (citation)) ), can rely on the same citation and it becomes much more obvious what evidence is being used by Living Platform most frequently.

A cite link is a refer link where the material is considered wholly credible and authoritative, and is being referred to as if it were a scientific citation providing main background to a policy proposal or critique. These should look much more like standard citations with authors, dates, abstracts and details of the relevance of the citation to whichever policy it is linked from.

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A cite link implies not just referring to the content but agreeing with it - a step towards actually deferring to it as an authority on the subject. By keeping such links clearly marked it is much more obvious which references we find acceptable and credible, while still allowing us to make refer links for material we aren't committed to.

Good examples of cite links are showing some examples of excerpts. See also TIPAESA - citations normally provide all the evidence/source/authority information.